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Lost Abbey Veritas 009

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Veritas 009 is a substantial departure from earlier members of The Lost Abbey’s small batch experimental program, which were generally sour beers aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 15 months. Begun in late 2007 as dark base beer, it was sent to freshly emptied bourbon barrels from Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distilleries. The beer aged for 15 months before it was moved into French oak barrels previously used for wine (primarily Syrah). Sour cherries were added and the beer was left to rest for another year and three months. Finally, in mid-2010, it was pulled from the barrels, blended, bottled and sent off to condition for an additional 11 months.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29662) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, bourbon, wood, brettanomyces, over ripe grapes, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of brettanomyces, wood, bourbon, grapes, chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted malt, leading to a dry finish. Huge thanks to madsberg for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle, 75 cl. Opaque deep dark brown with almost no head. Borbounish, oaky, fruity, almost pruney aroma, Taste is much better and more alive than nose, sweet fruity, vineous red grapey, some tannins, very low carbonation, evident oak. Tart yet somehow smooth finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a small almost non-existent head with zero retention. The beer is indeed flat which I find hard to know if it is by design or just another bottling issue with the brewery. Aroma of bourbon with some vanilla notes is offset by tart and kriek notes which make for a weird mix at the end of the day. Taste is a very weird mix between bourbon/vanilla notes with light roasted malt offset by tart, oak and sour cherries notes. Body is about average with zero carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I can’t say I really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10398) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled. Thx. Sarro for this. Dark brown almost black coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma: Loads of wood and oak. spice, caramel, sourness, cherries. Flavuor: Cherries, wood, sweetness, spice, sourness. Medium to full bodied. Ends grapy and sour with loads of cherries and wood. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: December 02, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: opaque dark brown, scant head
Aroma: tart aroma, dark chocolate, dark fruits, light roast, tart caramel
Flavor: sweet and tart flavor, fruity sweetness, big tartness, caramel sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2404) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with minimal tan head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, sweet malt, raw sugar, light vinegar and light lemons. Taste is very light sweet and medium sour with notes of lemons, toffee and light vinegar. Medium bodied with no carbonation at all. Nice, but the dark maltiness doesn’t work to well with the sourness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Consumed with all ten Veritas beers on April 14, 2012. Shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan. I didn’t enjoy this as much the second time around. Soy sauce and booze flavors emerge too intensely for my liking. This beer is quite complex, but the various flavor characteristics lack cohesion. *** Original review: November 5, 2011 Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt! The beer appears still and flat, though I guess that’s intentional in this case. The color is a deep, dark shade of mahogany. The aroma is my favorite aspect of the beer. Port, bourbon, brandy, oak, wine, cherry chocolates. Smells expensive. The flavor is cherries dipped in dark chocolate. Lots of booze. Brandy, bourbon - reminiscent of Angel’s Share. Sweet port and/or red wine flavors and a tannic quality throughout. Wonderfully complex, with a potent dose of dark fruits and a present sourness / tartness as well. The feel is medium bodied on the palate. This is a beer to be sipped and savored, enjoyed over the course of a few hours. Devoid of carbonation. Overall, another interesting beer from The Lost Abbey. Not my favorite of the Veritas beers I’ve had so far, but I am definitely enjoying this. Intriguing and complex with a bold flavor. Recommended. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-22-2012

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3344) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle, shared by Tom and Minderbender. Dead flat dark brown pour. Very winey aroma, red wine, some cherries, roasted grain, leather, butter. Flavor is winey, some cherries, fairly strong roasty character, prickly acidity. Palate is completely flat. We are all waiting for Tomme to make the jump into the wine business I guess.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1959) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle 750ml. Absolutely no "pop" at opening. I just read the description up here, and maybe the last step, "conditioning" did not really work. Well anyways, I’m no expert... So it pours dead flat, black. Aroma is of cheese, fruits, and not much more. Taste is of cheese, fruits, chocolate, wine, acidity (aftertaste is very acid, like vinegar, not really good). Palate: Hard to say, not thick at all for sure, and no carbonation to speak of. Overall: Decent, there is some complexity in the taste, with lots of layers. On the other hand, the main idea that comes out for me is: weird. This one I find hard to rate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3009) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by readbaron, thanks Baron! Pours opaque dark purple/brown with no head and no lacing. Flat. Aroma of red wine, tart berries, black cherries and wood. The lack of carbonation doesn’t help the aroma to spread. Taste is multi-layered and much more impressive than aroma. Even though it’s easy to see that this beer is an experiment (just take a look at the Ratebeer description of the beer) by the brewer, the result is quite interesting. At first, the taste is acetic but when the beer is given a couple of minutes to breathe, it’s much softer. Traces of bourbon are easily recognizable but red wine is predominant. There’s also hints of sour cherries, dark berries and roasted malt. The main discordant note is the presence of a slight cola taste. Mouthfeel is flat (needless to say that we expected it) and really winey. Limited drinkability, don’t hesitate to share this beer. Overall, this beer was a good surprise since my expectation were not sky high.


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